Dembele, Hart and Juranovic react on Instagram after Celtic man returns from 3-month absence

By John McGinley

December 6, 2021

Celtic teammates of Greg Taylor have been showing support to the defender after he thanked everyone for helping him through a difficult three month period.

Taylor injured his shoulder back in September. It eventually required surgery which meant he missed out on a large chunk of the Celtic season.

However, after returning to action yesterday against Dundee United at Tannadice, he took to Instagram to pay tribute to those who have helped him and express his happiness at being back. This drew a response from many of his teammates including the likes of Joe Hart, Josip Juranovic and Karamoko Dembele.

Taylor played well in the 3-0 victory over United, especially having been missing for long. Playing with high tempo and determination, he worked hard on the left flank and struck up a productive partnership with Mikey Johnston.

Stat trackers FotMob gave him an 8.3 rating, with only David Turnbull bettering that out of the whole Celtic team.

Taylor completed 88% of his passes, over half of which came in the opposition half. He won six of his eight duels, completed four clearances, two interceptions and had a busy afternoon with 11 recoveries of the ball.

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That kind of industrious play is the reason Ange Postecoglou has become a fan of the player and used him as a go-to choice on the left flank.

With Juranovic also performing well on the right side of the defence, it could be a difficult task for Anthony Ralston to battle his way back into the team. There was excellent balance to the Bhoys backline at Tannadice.

At the very least, with the return of Taylor, Postecoglou has another option and rotation chances for a heavy upcoming schedule. Taylor, sometimes maligned by fans, definitely has the support of the manager and his teammates.

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